WMKY

Kentucky Center for Traditional Music

Morehead State University

The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music will hold its Sounds of Our Heritage fall finale concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Morehead Conference Center. 

All sections of the Traditional Music Ensemble will perform a variety of bluegrass, old time, country, western swing, blues, gospel and ballad singing at the event, which is free and open to the public. Students from Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, and Hungary will be among the performers at the event.

Morehead State University

A podcast produced by students and faculty at Morehead State's Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) is being aired on Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) 90.3 FM WMKY. 

Produced and hosted by KCTM students, KCTM Director Raymond McLain, and Instructor of Music and Archivist Jesse Wells, "Sounds of Our Heritage" is a weekly 15-minute profile of traditional Appalachian music (bluegrass, gospel, old-time, country,) songs, songwriters, musicians and performers. It contains original recordings, interviews and stories.  

Morehead State University

This year, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) honored one current student and two alumni from Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music. 

The IBMA awarded its Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship to Heather Alley, a senior traditional music major and health minor from Miamisburg, Ohio. For the IBMA’s 2020 Industry and Momentum Awards, they nominated Leanna Price (17) and Lauren Price Napier (17), otherwise known as bluegrass duo The Price Sisters, for Vocalist of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year, respectively. 

Morehead State University

Morehead State’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) will hold two concerts this spring to showcase the talent of its students. 

The Sounds of Our Heritage Spring Concert will be held Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the Rowan County Arts Center. The semester finale concert will be held Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Morehead Conference Center.  

Approximately 30 students will perform a selection of traditional music, including bluegrass, old-time, folk and more.  

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) will hold its annual Sounds of Our Heritage Season Finale Concert Tuesday, April 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morehead Conference Center.

All sections of the Traditional Music Ensemble will perform a variety of bluegrass, old time, country, western swing, blues, gospel and ballad singing at the event, and former students will return to perform as well.

Raymond McLain, KCTM director, said the concert will give those in attendance an opportunity to see what KCTM students can do.

Students take the stage at the Carter Family Fold

Apr 14, 2019
Julianna Leach, The TrailBlazer

After three days of touring, the legendary Carter Family Fold was the final stop for traditional music students to perform at one of the foundational blocks for the creation of mountain music.

The stage beneath the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music student’s feet is one that has held big names in the industry even since it was built over 43 years ago. It was even the last place for Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash to perform.

And, that realization became an important moment in the eyes of young musicians like Bailey Stephenson, even in her second time playing there.  

Morehead State University

The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) will host its Sounds of Our Heritage concert on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Rowan County Arts Center.

The event will feature performances by KCTM students and will feature bluegrass, old time, country, western swing, blues, gospel and ballads.

Raymond McLain, KCTM director, said the Sounds of Our Heritage concerts are held several times a year to not only let KCTM students gain experience performing in public, but to also highlight the skills of talented musicians.

KCTM students made it to Raleigh for a week of bluegrass

Sep 26, 2018
Julianna Leach, The TrailBlazer

Despite hurricane Florence hitting Raleigh, NC, the Wide-Open bluegrass festival remained open for business, which brought Morehead State University Students to the grounds.

A group of five students from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, making up the Mountain Music ambassadors, made it to the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) convention on Tuesday with anticipation for the upcoming week of non-stop bluegrass tunes and features from their idols.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music will present “The Semester Finale,” an evening of traditional music, at the Morehead Conference Center, Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m.

The Traditional Music Program at MSU is among the fastest growing academic traditional music programs at any school of higher education.

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music will present “The Semester Finale,” an evening of traditional music, at the Morehead Conference Center, Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.

The Traditional Music Program is among the fastest growing academic traditional music programs at any school of higher education.

The Tennessean

Ashland’s Highlands Museum and Discovery Center is starting a new program to emphasize the community’s heritage in Country and Bluegrass Music. Beginning in April, Director Carol Allen says the Highlands will open its doors one night each month for local musicians and their fans.

“On Thursday nights one night a month from 7 to 9, anyone can come to the museum. Admission will be very minimal, three dollars to help us pay our electric bill. You can either sit back and enjoy the musicians or you can pick and sing if you want to.” –Carol Allen

KCTM To Release Traditional Music CD

Feb 10, 2014
I Dig Bluegrass

The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music is taking strides to get their talent out into the community through an album produced by students, faculty and staff.

The album is titled “Kentucky Mountain Music” and will represent traditional music history within 200 miles of Morehead. The album is currently being finalized and is expected to be complete in the spring of 2014.

Raymond McLain, director of the KCTM, commented on the importance of the album for the students involved.

Feature: KCTM Semester Concert

Nov 27, 2013

It is almost time again for the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music to host it's fall semester finale concert. As MSPR's Joshua Grandison reports, the beloved event can be enjoyed by people of any age, and from any background...

MSU

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music will present an evening of traditional music at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Morehead Conference Center. 

“Sounds of Our Heritage” is the finale concert by all sections of band classes offered for the fall semester. Ensemble classes are offered in several styles, Bluegrass, Old Time String Band, Old Time Country, and groups that address those styles plus, Western Swing, Celtic, Blues and Gospel and a Traditional Vocal Ensemble. 

Feature: ‘A New Kentucky Mummer’s Play’

Nov 6, 2013

Morehead State’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance has teamed up with Kentucky Center for Traditional Music to bring back a production last seen in the late 90’s. MSPR’s Jordan Simonson reports…

A new work will premiere in November which is a collaborative effort among the Morehead State University’s Department of Music, Theater and Dance, Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, Rowan County elementary schools’ music programs and several area actors and musicians.